MATRIXSYNTH: Herb Deutsch's Moog Vocoder (Bode) 16-chan 327A Up for Auction

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Herb Deutsch's Moog Vocoder (Bode) 16-chan 327A Up for Auction

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"Just serviced. Rare Moog Vocoder Model 327A/MBVO (16-channel), co-designed by Dr. Harald Bode & Dr. Bob Moog. This unit is a piece of musical history, too, as it was owned by Dr. Herb Deutsch, who co-designed the first Moog synthesizer in the early '60s with Dr. Bob Moog. Seller knows Herb Deutsch personally & acquired the unit from him directly (authenticity can be provided). Includes copies of manuals/documentation & patch images. The Moog Vocoder was used by artists including Wendy Carlos, Moog Cookbook, Devo, Saga, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and filmmaker/composer John Carpenter, among others.

In 1979, Moog Music released its vocoder, although its design and architecture are almost identical to the Bode 7702 model (see image of Bode Vocoder with a "cross-over" patch). It's a 16-band analog vocoder, which separates voice/synthesizer sounds (carrier signal) into frequency-bands ranging from 50 to 5080 cycles-per-second. It does not have any internal oscillators, so it is designed to be used as a signal processor for external carrier & modulator wave sources. The modulator is typically a vocal or drum beat used to modulate the carrier/synth sound being processed. It has microphone & line inputs, as well as 16 synthesizer inputs (1 for each frequency-band), and 16 outputs. This 16-channel cross-matrix patching system provides incredible flexibility, allowing for full external patching between synth & vocoder sections. Other features include a high-frequency bypass, a short 6ms response time for capturing fast percussive sounds, sample-and-hold, and a global bypass switch to turn off the vocoding effect (it has no built-in output mixer, MIDI or CV/Gate).

Sounds great! Recent service included replacement of parts, cleaning & otherwise. Includes power cord, but no patch cords (Seller can refer Buyer to patch cord vendors). The handles/rack-mounts are reversible. 115v/220v switchable. In good physical condition but has some surface scratches, etc. Message Seller with any questions. Moog Vocoders have sold for more than US$5,000 on eBay & private transactions in recent years.

Example: Hear the nearly-identical Bode 7702 vocoder in action [video below]

Own a piece of musical history, and a great addition to any modern studio!"

Bode (Moog) Vocoder 7702 Demonstration Uploaded by intromix on Jun 13, 2011

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